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The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery | 2 June 1939 (USA)
The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Nat Perrin (screenplay), S.S. Van Dine (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gracie Allen ... Gracie Allen
Warren William ... Philo Vance
Ellen Drew ... Ann Wilson
Kent Taylor ... Bill Brown
Judith Barrett ... Dixie Del Marr
Donald MacBride ... Dist. Atty. John Markham
Jed Prouty ... Uncle Ambrose
Jerome Cowan ... Daniel Mirche
H.B. Warner ... Richard Lawrence
William Demarest ... Police Sgt. Ernest Heath
Sam Lee Sam Lee ... Thug (as Sammy Lee)
Al Shaw Al Shaw ... Thug
Richard Denning ... Fred
Irving Bacon ... Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

The zany plot follows nitwit Gracie Allen trying to help master sleuth Philo Vance solve a murder. Allen's uncle fixes her up with Bill at a company picnic. When the two go out to a nightclub that night, Gracie inadvertently links Bill to the murder of a thug after finding the dead body and Bill's cigarette case at the scene of the crime. While being questioned at the club, she meets Vance who's investigating the homicide. After Gracie's bungled attempts to solve the case, Vance decides it might be easier to have her working with him. Despite Gracie's "help," the two eventually find the real killer. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Comédia de um Crime See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television broadcast took place in Omaha Tuesday 6 January 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), but local sponsors showed little interest in Gracie without George, and so further telecasts were few and far between. A year and a half later, It surfaced in Toledo 1 June 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11), and in Detroit 17 October 1960 on WJBK (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Philo Vance: The question is, then, why would the killer have brought the body here?
Gracie Allen: Well, they've got a wonderful floor show.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits show a grist mill. Each of the paddles has a character name and the actor who portrays him; the other credits are listed against a background of the nearby web rocks. See more »

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Follows The Dragon Murder Case (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Snug as a Bug in the Rug
Music by Matty Malneck
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Gracie Allen
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Where's Philo????
27 December 1999 | by Norm-30See all my reviews

I've always loved the scatter-brained comedy of Gracie Allen, but she is terribly out of place in this (so-called) "mystery". Don't get me wrong -- she's EXCELLENT but, unfortunately, "overwhelms" the film, and the mystery is lost in the shuffle. Warren William (as Philo) is pitifully wasted in this film.

A better title for this film should be, "What Happened to Philo Vance"?


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